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The President Has Been Killed
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Where is Michael when he finds out that President Kennedy has been killed?
in the school cafeteria
What is the turning point in this story?
the principal's announcement of President Kennedy's death
President Kennedy was an important figure to Michael. What evidence from the passage supports this conclusion?
President Kennedy was one of the most vital, wonderful men Michael had ever seen.
Based on the passage, what was Mrs. Kennedy most widely recognized for?
her style and taste in clothing and decorations
What is this passage mostly about?
how Michael found out that President Kennedy was killed, and his day leading up to that point
"Michael's mother had forced the whole family to watch the Christmas special a year earlier, when Mrs. Kennedy had welcomed a whole crew of cameramen into the White
House to show off how she'd had it decorated. Michael's Aunt Martha, who wasn't much impressed by Mrs. Kennedy (she seemed to be the only one), said that wasn't it odd that Mrs. Kennedy acted as if she herself had decorated the whole thing when clearly the servants had done it."'
In this paragraph the author notes opinions of Mrs. Kennedy. How does she do this?
by highlighting Michael's Aunt Martha's opinion of Mrs. Kennedy as unusual
Michael's morning passes the way school mornings always do. _________, his day takes an unexpected turn when he finds out President Kennedy has been killed.
When the principal announces that President Kennedy has been killed, Michael rushes straight to homeroom from the cafeteria. What does Michael leave behind?
Michael leaves behind his miniature cake with lemon frosting.
How does Michael feel when he finds out that President Kennedy has been killed?
Use two specific pieces of evidence from the text to support your answer.
Shocked: he leaves his birthday cake behind.
Disbelief: "he couldn't believe he would never hear [President Kennedy's accent] again."
Scared: "The silence in the cafeteria became thick with fear,"
"Michael's heart started pounding, and his arms felt like lead. He began to sweat."
Based on the information in this story, how important were President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy to regular Americans like Michael and his family in the early 1960's?
Give three examples from the text demonstrating their importance.
Michael's family was listening to radio coverage of the Kennedys' trip to Texas.
Michael's mother forced her family to watch Mrs. Kennedy's Christmas special.
Michael's parents clearly have noticed and care about Mrs. Kennedy's style.
Helen was crying hysterically after hearing the news of President Kennedy's death.
Michael felt physical symptoms of fear after hearing the news of President Kennedy's death.
The author suggests Michael perceived President Kennedy as "vital," "wonderful," powerful, and intelligent.
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